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ren2010
Obsidian | Level 7
Hi All.

I am trying to introduce a new macro variable in a data step and use that variable with in the same data step,is that possible?
I know that CALL SYMPUT will not work to acheive what I am trying to do.
If you have any suggestions,please let me know.

Thanks in advance.
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dhana
Fluorite | Level 6
No. you cant create and use a macro variable with in the same data step.
dhana
Fluorite | Level 6
The SYMPUT routine assigns the value of the macro variable during DATA step execution, but the macro variable references resolve during the compilation of a step or global statement. So you can’t retrieve the macro variable’s value in the same DATA step in which the SYMPUT routine assigns that value.
RickM
Fluorite | Level 6
Instead of a macro variable you could use a retain statement to keep a value of a variable across iterations of the data step.
ArtC
Rhodochrosite | Level 12
While it actually is technically possible to create and then use a macro variable within the same DATA step, it is rarely the right solution. We would need to see more of the problem to address the design issues.

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